Today’s Topic: a shameless ploy at recruiting the wonderful people of my community to join forces with me for good by feeding you happiness and becoming a mentor.
On January 1st, a lot of us are going to make honest attempts at turning over new leaves. We will promise ourselves that we will change what needs changing and make ourselves healthier and happier by adding or removing what we need to from our lives.
I’m sure I’ll attempt another year of “only healthy eating” which will swiftly be taken out by the warm glow of queso calling to me on a Saturday night or the comfort of ice cream nursing me back to “health” after a “bad” day that wasn’t really bad, but I just needed an excuse for the ice cream. All that counts is that you make the effort, right?
Why not attempt to feed your happiness in another way this year – by helping someone else? I’m sure you can think of several people who helped to make you who you are today and becoming a mentor will give you the chance to be that person for someone else. How amazing is that?
The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program is always seeking new mentors and if you are looking for a way to truly help someone, here is your opportunity.
I have seen the real impact our mentors have on the students we work with and it is incredible. Another wonderful part of mentoring with our program is that it doesn’t take much of your time to make a difference. If you have two or three hours a month, you’re all set.
As a mentor, you will provide the support, guidance, and genuine friendship our youth with disabilities need for success.
We meet at several area high schools for meetings that are about an hour on average. During the meetings, we teach lessons on professionalism, interviewing techniques, stress relief, college applications, resume writing, and the list goes on. Even if these topics aren’t your areas of expertise, you are still an asset to our students because everyone has a story to tell. Our mentors will occasionally lead classes on topics they are well versed in but only if they want to and it is never a requirement. All that is required is that you are at least 18 and that you want to be there for a teen with a disability.
The sad truth is that so many of our youth don’t have the support they need at home or in their communities to reach their goals. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have handed out letters for parents to read about what we are doing in our classes and kids will tell me “My mom won’t read this anyway, miss” and try to hand it back to me. “Take it anyway. Maybe this is the one she will read! Or you can just tell her everything you’re learning in RAMP.”
The kids I work with are phenomenal. They are bright, funny, filled to the brim with potential but some need the help of us to reach it.
Being a mentor simply means being there for someone who can look up to you. It takes such little time but makes such a limitless impact. Consider being part of the good out there.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or if you just want some more information before you decide, send me an email or call. The life that is most affected by becoming a mentor could also easily be yours.